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The Week in Sustainable Mobility (4/29/07)
Mike Millikin, 29 Apr 07
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Canada announced a plan for a mandatory cut of 20% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and a 50% cut in industrial air pollution by 2015. The new program does not bring Canada into compliance with its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Canada’s emissions are currently 30% above 1990 levels, and the new goal puts Canada 11% above its Kyoto targets. Under the new plan, Canada will meet its Kyoto targets in 2025, 13 years late.More...

The US Environmental Protection Agency today opened the public comment period on California’s nearly 16-month-old request for a federal waiver to begin regulating automotive greenhouse gas emissions. More...


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the state will sue the US Environmental Protection Agency if the agency acts too slowly on the waiver required for the state’s implementation of its greenhouse gas regulations. More...

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a number of environmental bills into law, including the Maryland Clean Cars Act. This makes Maryland the 12th state to adopt the California standards which include the greenhouse gas reduction targets for new cars. More...

US Representative Pete Stark (D-CA), a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means with jurisdiction over US tax policy, introduced a bill (HR 2069) that would impose a carbon tax on fuels. More...

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose Earth Day to present a package of 127 initiatives designed to achieve the sustainability goals that he had outlined in December 2006, including reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. More...

Transport for London (TfL) is asking people to think about walking rather than taking the car on short journeys, as it launches its first-ever walking campaign. More...

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel unveiled an eight-point plan to cut the country’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020. More...

CEE Bankwatch Network, which monitors and analyzes the environmental and social effects of international development finance, has released a report entitled Lost In Transportation, in which it calls on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to halt its “planes, loans and automobiles culture.” In the report, the NGO argues that EIB funding is skewed towards road-based and air-transport projects. More...

GM has begun the process of a Well-to-Wheels evaluation of alternative powertrains and fuels for light duty vehicles in the context of the Chinese market, with an emphasis on those alternative fuels that have the potential to play a major role in the country, including: M10, M85, E10, E85, DME, and CTL. More...


HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS


Toyota has released the preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings for the high-end luxury LS 600h L hybrid: 20 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, 21 mpg combined. More...

The expert panel convened in 2006 by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to assess Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) technologies and then to advise the board has published its report, which concluded that plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are the most likely—aside from conventional hybrids—to reach large volume production the soonest. More...


Phoenix Motorcars and UQM Technologies will collaborate on the development of a plug-in series hybrid model of the sport utility truck currently produced and sold by Phoenix as an all-electric vehicle.
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The Nazareth Area School District will become the first school district in Pennsylvania to operate the new plug-in hybrid school bus built by IC Corporation and Enova Systems. A total of 19 hybrid buses have been awarded to states around the country by Advanced Energy, a non-profit corporation, in the second phase of a four-phase project—the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Bus Project—designed to accelerate full market penetration of the technology. More...

Odyne Corporation, a developer of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology for trucks and buses, announced a strategic supplier agreement with EnerSys, the world's largest industrial battery manufacturer. More...


Houston Metro has put the first 10 of 30 new hybrid buses into service. The remainder of the new hybrid fleet is expected in May. More...


ENERGY STORAGE

Global sales of batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, estimated at $600 million in 2006, is expected to grow to $1.4 billion in 2010 and $2.3 billion in 2015, according to a new study, The 2007 Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Report, published by Advanced Automotive Batteries, a battery consultancy headed by Dr. Menahem Anderman.. This is of comparable magnitude to the conventional lead-acid OEM auto-starting battery business, which is currently about $2 billion. More...

EnerDel, the lithium-ion battery subsidiary of Ener1, has received orders to deliver Li-ion battery samples based on its proprietary technology to a leading European OEM automotive company and to a leading tier-one automotive supplier. The samples will be tested as part of programs to use Li-ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). More...

Nanoexa, a nanotechnology-based energy company, has delivered new lithium-ion cathode technology to Decktron, Nanoexa’s publicly traded subsidiary in Korea. Decktron, a manufacturing company, will apply the new technology to the development of a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. More...

Saft Space and Defense Division (SDD) has added a new lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology to its product line-up. More...

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new technique for creating films of barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles in a polymer matrix that could allow fabrication of improved capacitors that are able to store twice as much energy as conventional devices. More...

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Tanfield’s Smith Electric Vehicles has officially launched its Edison electric van and has secured its first contracts for initial orders of the Edison with Sainsbury’s, TNT, CEVA Logistics and Scottish & Southern Energy. More...

On the heels of its introduction of the 3.5t electric Edison and related contract announcements, Smith Electric Vehicles announced that TNT Express has contracted for 55 Newton 7.5t trucks. More...

A Chicago-based start-up, The Electric Vehicle Company, has placed a $79-million order with ZAP for its electric cars, trucks and other vehicles. More...

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has signed into law SB 185, a bill that allows neighborhood electric vehicles equipped with the proper safety features to travel up to 35 mph on city and county roads. More...

BIOFUELS

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are proposing a biofuels rating system—based on a full lifecycle analysis—that would reflect the positive or negative environmental impacts of a particular fuel. More...

USDA research suggests that twice as many cornstalks have to be left in the field to maintain soil organic matter levels, compared to the amount of stalks needed only to prevent erosion. In other words, when factoring in soil quality as well as erosion, the amount of biomass feedstock available for cellulosic ethanol production is cut in half. More...

A team of researchers working in conjunction with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) have now, through the use of molecular simulations, identified key steps in the breakdown of cellulose by the cellulase enzyme. More...

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered that particles from cornstalks undergo structural changes when processed to produce ethanol, an insight they said will help establish a viable method for large-scale production of cellulosic ethanol. More...

LanzaTech, the New Zealand-based developer of a process using bacterial fermentation to convert carbon monoxide into ethanol, has secured US$3.5M in Series A funding, led by Khosla Ventures and supported by two existing New Zealand based investors. More...


Expanding their strategic alliance, Praj Industries Ltd., an Indian alcohol, fuel ethanol and beer company, and Aker Kvaerner will create a joint venture (JV) for the European biofuels market. More...

GM’s Vauxhall has introduced B30-compatible models of its Vivaro and Movano panel vans, and will begin trials with two key fleet customers in the UK. More...


Clif Bar & Co. has rolled out a fleet of eight new biodiesel-powered pickup trucks for its field marketing team. The vehicles will use biodiesel blends ranging from B20 to B100, depending on the availability and season. More...


Boeing and Virgin Atlantic announced an environmental partnership, which includes an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 order to date for Europe. The environmental partnership includes a joint biofuel demonstration aimed at developing sustainable fuel sources suitable for commercial jet engines and the aviation industry. The demonstration, scheduled for 2008 using a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, is being worked on with GE Aviation and Virgin Fuels. Further details will be announced later this year. More...


HYDROGEN

Chevrolet’s consumer website now features a webpage that allows users to see if they are eligible to test drive a Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the fall of 2007. More...

Bavaria’s (Germany) Minister of Environment Dr. Werner Schnappauf and Minister for Economic Affairs Erwin Huber will now each be using a BMW Hydrogen 7 sedan for regular travel. More...

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will continue providing its city-gas-powered 1 kW residential fuel cell cogeneration system to Toho Gas Co. as part of the 2007 Large-Scale Stationary Fuel Cell Demonstration Project of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). More...

Hydrogen Engine Center has shipped its proprietary hydrogen-fueled Oxx Power Generator Set (genset) to Grasim Industries Ltd., an Aditya Birla Group company based in India. More...

NATURAL GAS

Mercedes-Benz had its prototype Sprinter 316 NGT natural gas van on display at the Commercial Vehicle show in the UK. The new version of the dual-fuel van is slated for series production in 1Q 2008. More...

A new report from Frost & Sullivan forecasts that sales of Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Compressed Natural Gas vehicles and conversion kits will increase 175% from 2.9 million units in 2006 to 8.0 million units by 2012. More...

DIESEL

A significant majority of Californians are concerned about climate change and the state’s reliance on imported energy, and they view clean diesel technology as a positive solution to both problems, according to the results of a recent public opinion poll sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF). More...

Siemens VDO is developing a system-based approach to combustion optimization and exhaust-gas aftertreatment that will enable diesel engines in all vehicle classes to meet the more stringent Euro 6 standards, which will go into effect in 2014, without sacrificing their fuel economy advantages over gasoline engines and without high cost overruns. More...


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5’s Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative expects to award some $700,000 this year in grants for school bus diesel-emission reduction projects in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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SYNTHETIC FUELS

Chemists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have demonstrated the feasibility of the photochemical splitting of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen. Carbon monoxide and hydrogen can be processed via the Fischer Tropsch process into a variety of chemicals and fuels. More...

OTHER

VW introduced a new member of its turbocharged gasoline direct-injection TSI engine family at the Vienna Motor Symposium: a 1.4-liter, 90 kW (122 hp) version that develops up to 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque. The company also introduced a new 7-speed double shift gearbox (DSG). Both will be applied in a version of the Golf that will get about 40 mpg US. More...

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Comments

PHEV's are great if you use solar, wind, or hydro to fill your tank up. I plan to do that and that is why I am converting my Prius to a PHEV. In the neighborhood less than 34 mph run on electric only. On the freeway for the first thirty miles everyday you can get over 100 mpg. Go on a long trip, or forget to plug it in, just fill up at the regular gas stations every 500 miles or so. Don’t waste money on Hydrogen as it take more energy just to separated it from water then if you would just put that energy into batteries in the first place. Why pay for consumables that we just don’t need anymore.


Posted by: Cheap! on 1 May 07

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Posted by: Cheap! on 2 May 07



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